Café Paradiso

Café Paradiso
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R75 avg main meal
Authentic culture, Classic elegance
Bakery fare, Buffet, Country-style fare, Mediterranean, Modern, Vegetarian
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Critic's review

The daily special lunch table draws in busy regulars: think a Mediterranean feast of fresh salads, pasta of the day and freshly baked bread. The sticky chicken and tomatoey beef stew are not to be missed. The regular menu offers hearty salads, healthy sandwiches (try the roast veg with goat’s cheese and basil), homemade pastas and meatier fare. They’re suitably proud of their baked goods for dessert.

While the wine list is on the small side, the choices are good to pair with the Mediterranean fare.

It’s such a pleasure to be looked after here: waiters are caring, friendly and laid-back. When you’re told ‘don’t be shy’ when dishing up from the buffet, you know you’re in good hands.

The large outside courtyard is the place to be on a balmy summer’s day, with its incredible views of Table Mountain. Inside it’s all Provençal cosiness with wine racks, rugged wooden furniture and wine displays.

They have special (paid-for) activities for kids like pizza making or cupcake decorating. The kids’ menu is also a hit. (LvA, October 2012)
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  • Horst Frehse

    This local favourite has a homely atmosphere and lovely outside areas with mountain views. They offer good value for money with perfectly prepared classic dishes. Standout dish: carpaccio and grilled sirloin with café de Paris butter. (Eat Out magazine 2014)
  • Horst Frehse

    Great location in vibey Kloof Street, with a homely, bistro-style atmosphere and lovely outside areas. The menu offers good value for money and perfectly prepared classical dishes without fuss. Visit on a vibey Friday or Saturday night and order the ripped carpaccio of charred beef, grilled sirloin with café de Paris butter.

User reviews

  • What a superb place to have a romantic week night dinner - the setting made me feel like I was in a little Italian village - even the cold didn't stop us sitting outside under a fairy-lit tree, thanks to the soft blankets on offer from our super friendly and efficient waitress. We both had delicious meals - husband had perfectly cooked fish of the day and a quick swap of the side to accommodate his banting. I (definitely not banting) had one of my favourites - risotto - big chunky pieces of pumpkin and my only complaint was it needed more sauce for my liking. Another personal favourite is the water feature that promises your coins will not only give wishes but also make a worthy charity smile! Can't wait to go back soon!
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  • Somehow I always forget about Cafe Paradiso, but it's the perfect spot for a lazy lunch in the sun. We opted to sit in the (back) courtyard; it's a small, rather tranquil area and was great for a lunch with friends. They have quite an expansive menu, one may say almost too many choices, but all our meals were decent portions, tasty and well-priced. Service was friendly and attentive.
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  • What a beautiful setting! Sat outside in the garden, looking at Table Mountain on a blissful sunny winter's day. The risotto was decent (although I always prefer more cheese) and the burger vast and great quality. I think the wedges could have done with a couple more minutes in the fryer though - nobody likes an undercooked chip. Staff were friendly, but somehow our table kept getting forgotten.

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  • I chose Paradiso for 2 main reasons,

    1. Romantic ambiance
    2 . Mother in law friendly.

    Last night was my fiance's birthday. We had a lovely albeit unconventional dinner experience.

    Since my last visit for breakfast I had been dreaming about the beer battered camambert. We ordered x 4 starter. The battered cheese was as delicious as I had hoped, we also had the lamb salad which I was shocked, given its vast portion that it was a starter- amazing and the salt and papper squid which if Im honest didnt blow me away - was a little over cooked.
    Needless to say we were full! We decided to skip mains, much to my upset as I was also keen on the butternut fettecini as well as the Kudo on special.
    Tucked into 3 puds - all fantastic and some coffees that were perfect.
    Was my finace's birthday so our lovely waiter gaveus a cheeky shooter each. Love that. over all a very pleasent evening. Perfect weather helped.

    Food - Fabulous, cost effective and consistent.
    Service - lovely. Guy, our gorgeous waiter was super busy and flying around but was also attentive and pleseant and patient.
    Ambience - always devine. LOve the MZ group for this reason.

    Totes gona recommend this cute spot to all my friends - AGAIN - and return soon for my main meal (which i only didnt eat as my booking was late and I dont like eating heavily afyer 9.)
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  • I have been to cafe Paradiso a couple of times. Every time I have been the Food has been exceptional. But unfortunately the service has been atrocious.

    One of the times that stand out is, on the first time taking my Mother to the restaurant. Our waiter was slow and eventually the runners served our drinks as well as food. At the end of the meal the bill amounted to almost R1500.00 . We tipped the Waitress under 10% but she still received just over R100.00. She then had the cheek to challenge the fact that the tip was under 10% after which I quite clearly explained to her it was because she didn't do her job properly, to which she threw my card and receipt on the table, turned on her heel and walked away. Spoiling the entire evening.

    The second occasion was last night when we went back, with my mother. We arrived a short time after my mom, who had been served wine (waitress forgetting the ice) but was unattended to after wards. It took us 30mins of trying to get the waitresses attention to get wine glasses, she still had not brought the ice. She then proceeded running (literally speaking at the fastest speed to get it over and done with) through the specials making them sound like pieces of plywood as she was so uninterested. We asked for ice again to which she replied Oops and went to get some. Almost a hour passed, she did not return to take orders or bring the ice.

    When eventually the wine was finished and we placed orders there was still no ice. Which I politely pointed out and then got a dirty look from her.

    The food arrived and as always did not disappoint. I would like to give compliments to the chef, it was perfect.

    We ate and then waited for our plates to be cleared as the waitress was no where to be seen. After a short while, she cleared the table, offered us dessert, which we declined. We asked for the bill.

    When it arrived. The bill coming to R550.00 we rounded it to R600.00 . The service was not up to standard. She looked at the receipt and pulled her nose up. Threw my card on the table and walked away.

    I am appalled. The service is SHOCKING and it is such a shame as the food is amazing.

    A tip to Cafe Paradiso.. You have such a great restaurant but unfortunately the waitresses really do make the dining experience unpleasant.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dog-friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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